Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Update on the Down The Rabbithole Blanket

The blanket continues to be coming along quite nicely. This month I knit 47 squares for a total of 684.  I've added the final big black square on the right hand side and am slowly making my way across the top of the blanket. I didn't complete all the i-chord on the top edge but can quickly be knit next month when there is more i-chord to knit.  I'm not sure how many squares are left to do - my estimate is 30. 

I will still have about four gallon sacks of sock yarn remnants leftover from this project so I'm very glad I discovered the "Frankensocks" pattern.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

April Fools' Day Socks

Recently, while watching a podcast the hosts began talking about "Frankensocks". These are socks made of leftover sock yarn with no regard for color! Sue, the podcaster, said she loved the socks BUT working in all the ends was for the birds. Silently, I agreed. Then, about a week ago, it came to me... Russian Joins!!

I joined the bits and pieces of sock yarn - all 80% wool and 20% nylon - with a Russian join to form a ball. Making the ball before I started allowed me to knit without interruption. (As I knit the sock if I thought one yarn color section was to long, I ‘d cut part of the length of yarn and join it to the next color. But don’t throw it out! Start another ball with the short length!)

What a fun knit, I am sending them to my sock loving brother to wear on April Fool’s Day and I know he’ll get a chuckle out of them.
 Pattern: Vanilla Socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Oh My, Everything!
Colorway: Just take a look
Needle Size: US Size 1

I prefer to call them April Fool's Day Socks and will be knitting more over the years for my unsuspecting sock lovers!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Times, They Are A Changin'

Twenty years ago when we built this house, it was filled with two of our three daughters and Hubby and I were working hard at our careers. I chose the house color and door color because I wanted the house to look established, as though it had been out here in the country for many years.

With the big hailstorm two years ago it became necessary to replace many things on the outside, roof, screens, siding and gutters. Although I was open to changing the siding color the green just seemed to be the right color and so was replaced with a bit darker green.

The door color was another story. It had been painted several times over the years but the color remained the original dark green. Now, I felt it was time for a new color, red.
Hubby and I both like the new color and were happy we'd changed things up a bit. Then I read this article: 

13 Things Your House Reveals About You by Michell Crouch

Number 4 says: Whether You Are Outgoing It's written on your front door. According to color experts, a red door means you're not afraid to say what you think. ... Green broadcasts your traditional values...

Are you kidding? With the passing years, out went our traditional family, kiddos, green door and all. Now, as Hubby and I prepare to retire we are certainly becoming more outspoken.  I'm happy with the change and may just keep the door red for another 20 years!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lucky Socks Take II

While we were all on vacation The Tiger confided that his “Lucky Socks” were to small and he couldn’t wear them anymore. I just HAD to get another pair on the needles and completed because these socks help him succeed each and every Spelling Test Day! The socks were completed on Saint Patrick's Day - they just have to be dusted with a bit of Irish Luck don't they?

Just sayin’ a Gramma’s gotta do what a Gramma’s gotta do!

 Pattern: Basic Ribbed Socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Patons North America Kroy Socks Stripes, Cascade Yarns Heritage Solid
Colorway: Eclipse Stripes, and Turquoise toe, heel and cuff
Needle Size: US Size 1

(I knit these, as always, toe up. Cast on 30 stitches total - 15 on each side and then increased every other row until there were 27 stitches on each needle for a total of 54.)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Birthday Girls!

Guess who's having a birthday today... 
Sadie Lou's of course! 
Happy day dear granddaughter!

And there is a little kitty in this house that's two today...
Denali Jane

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Socks By The Ocean

While we were in Hawaii I managed to knit five pairs of socks on the beach. - Ahhh, YES "Socks by the Ocean."
Kate's birthday socks 2016
Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering Sock, Schachenmayr Fluormania Color
Colorway: Hand dyed by me - Apple Green, Neon Flower
Needle Size: US Size 1
Sarah's birthday socks 2016
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering Sock, Schachenmayr Fluormania Color
Colorway: Neon Beach Color
Needle Size: US Size 1
not sure who will be gifted these
Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering Sock, Schachenmayr Fluormania Color
Colorway: Hand dyed by me - Apple Green, Neon Rainbow
Needle Size: US Size 1
Steve's birthday socks 2016
Pattern: Vanilla Latte with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock, and Paton's Kroy Socks Stripe
Colorway: Burgandy and Eclipse stripes
Needle Size: US Size 1
Socks for me
Pattern: Ugly Duckling Socks by Karin Aida
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering Sock and Schachenmayr Regia Fluomaina Color
Colorway: Hand dyed by me - Apple Green, Neon Beach, Neon Flower, Neon Rainbow
Needle Size: US Size 1

In the past I've finished by vacation knitting with Stashbuster Spirals but this year I enjoyed knitting the Ugly Ducklings. Both patterns use bits and pieces and so allow me to continue knitting even though my allotted yarn is officially used.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hawaii February 2016

All the family was glad to have 2015 behind us and thrilled to say ALOHA to 2016! We'd been planning this trip for a year. The only thing missing was the California Dreamin' Family.

The kiddos had been looking forward to coming back to Paradise since they left the island 6 years before!
Hawaii 2009

They arrived late in the evening and after a good night's sleep we were up and on the beach by 8:30 GT (that "Grandpa Time" he loves to make every minute count when we're in Paradise!) The kiddos didn't miss a beat and were quickly playing is the sand, hiking and in the water!
We were at the state park one afternoon looking at pictographs when a park ranger told us about an activity planned at Turtle Bay - one of our favorite places to go when the sand is blowing in the kiddos faces! They had food native to the area, outrigger canoe rides, talks on turtles and demonstrations on tsunomi waves. It was a great family activity for a Saturday afternoon by the ocean.
 We took family photos at the same place as 2009:
Hawaii 2016
 Oops, did someone just loose his swim trunks?

Between the little bit of touristy things it was always back to the beach!! Whether paddle boarding, snorkeling, or boogie boarding it was all fun!
 One afternoon we went into Kona and had lunch at Troy Boy's favorite place on the island, Kona Brewing Co., we enjoyed ourselves and had just a few Longboards!
The last birthday anyone spent in Hawaii was The Chick's 3rd birthday -  just a few years ago! When we realize she was going to celebrate another birthday on the Big Island we had to plan a party with Cake On The Ocean!
One day Hubby and I hiked down to the ocean at the northern most end of the Big Island,
and another day the rest of the family went to the southernmost end of the island AND the United States in search of the green sand beach,
but most of our stay was spent at the beach, playing in the sand and frolicking in the sea!
Sadly, the time came to say goodbye to each family member as they left and finally to our beloved spot on the Big Island.  Aloha, and hopefully it won't be long before we are all back in Paradise once again!